v  Meaning of Gospel and Secular music

v  1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 1 John 2:15-18

v  Has song any power or influence?

ü  Using music to teach children

v  Can one listen to beat (rhythm) of a song and not be influenced by the words?

v  Do you have a rhythm or beat for gospel music?

v  Can a listen to worldly music or secular music? 1 Corinthians10:23, Romans 12:1-2

v  What about married couples listening to ‘cools’ or ‘love songs’

v  Share experience: gospel and secular music

ü  Darlene Zschech and Celine Dion

ü  Don Moen and Westlife/ Sarkodie

v  When is gospel music played on the radio?

v  The artist/ musician

ü   Beliefs and values

ü  Character

ü  Dressing and dancing

ü  Wearing of earrings, platting of hair- spirit of rebellion

v  In all: the word, Holy Spirit and prayer. Heb 5:13-14, 1 John 2:27

I would attempt to define what a ‘gospel’ song is. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is clearly defined by Paul 1 Cor. 15:1-4. Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and in which you stand; by which also you are SAVED, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST DIED for OUR SINS according to the SCRIPTURES; And that he was BURIED, and He ROSE AGAIN the third day according to the SCRIPTURES.”

From this we know that the GOSPEL is about the death of Jesus Christ, His resurrection and Salvation He brought to man. And that we believe this because it is in the Scriptures which are (is) the inerrant and inspired word(s) of God. Gospel simply means “the good news” Therefore, a song that is considered as a gospel song should directly or indirectly affirm this scripture and lead others to Christ.

If I were to go strictly by the interpretation of this scriptures, then most of the songs we termed gospel songs are really not. However, though every scripture has only one interpretation, it can have various applications hence we can apply the meaning of the word gospel with regards to songs. If the gospel is about Jesus then any song that say something about Jesus may be considered as a gospel song. This may include His Lordship, as a Messiah, our Peace, Provider, Hope, Comforter, Ruler, King and Judge. We have to praise, worship and thank Him for Who He is; What He has done and will do.

Let me also attempt to explain what a secular music is. Secularism, which often comes from the word secular, in philosophy and politics means rejection of religious and sacred forms and practices in favor of rational assessment , decision-making and civil institutions of government. Hence a song can be considered as a secular if it does not regard God and for that matter what Christianity teaches. The rejection may include the Lordship of Jesus Christ and Christian moral values (including certain cultural values which Christianity sees as helpful and affirms).

In this vane we have to take a lot of factors into consideration before deciding on which song is gospel and which one is secular. However, I believe that the average Christian has a general understanding of what a gospel song as well as what a secular song is. Well all can keep to general understanding and explanation I have given as we continue to read and discuss. By the help of the Holy Spirit things would be made clear to us at the end. I would rather encourage those who sing gospel songs to study the word of God and spend time to pray. They should surrender totally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit so that their songs would be inspired and filled with power. Their main goal should not be money but rather praising and worshipping God through songs.

What makes secular music inimical to the Christian and society as whole is not only in the name secular or the fact that it does not specifically mention the name of God or Christ. The problem is in the words and the message they convey. Some of these messages are: lust under the guise of love songs, boastings, pride, strife, insults, sex appeals, materialism, focus on self instead of God, revenge and retaliation instead of forgiveness and reconciliation. These are portrayed through the words, dressing and dances. Through some secular songs, love has been reduced to sex and the message they carry is that “if you truly love me, you will show it by allowing me to have sex with you. It is unfortunate that this has influenced most of the youth today who engage in sex or sexual intimacies to prove their love to others. It would really help us if we go back to find out more facts about songs and music from the Bible.

I believe that Satan knows more about songs, its power and influence than any human being. He is therefore using secular music in a cunning and subtle way to lead many hearts away from God thereby plunging them into destruction.

In Matt. 14, John the Baptist was beheaded after a dance put up by Herodias daughter. What type of music do you think was being played? Do you think this thing would have happened if they were praising or singing spiritual songs unto God? At the party, the songs, dances and fun had nothing about God (love, mercy, forgiveness, humility) but rather pushed Herod to display his wealth and power as a king. Matt. 14:1-12. In 1 Samuel 16, David plays his harp “ And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul that David took the harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well  and the evil spirit departed from him. Vs 23. The music made by David was filled with God’s anointing and power. It refreshed the soul and spirit of Saul, healed him and drove away the evil spirit which haunted him.

In 2 Kings, Elisha prophesied after an anointing-filled song was played. “ But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. 2 Kings 3:15.

I personally experience this in my walk with God. I most often burst into prayer and speaking in tongues anytime I listen to inspiring and biblical gospel songs. I am able to pray for longer hours when I sing or listen to gospel songs whilst praying. I believe thousands of Christian have experienced and are still experiencing this! The spiritual truth behind secular music is revealed here. While gospel and spiritual songs drive away evil spirits, refresh the and makes  God’s word more effective; secular music exposes us to evil spirit, feeds the flesh, depresses the soul and makes us less receptive to God’s word.

It is true that some secular songs “may be educative”, however, everything one needs through music can be obtained through gospel songs, Christian literatures and most importantly God’s word. Most secular music if not all are baits from the devil to trap both Christians and unbelievers. If you want to listen to love songs you have to read Songs of Songs, listen to music by Ray Boltz, Lenny leBlanc, Cece Winans, Sacred love songs by Bishop T.D. Jakes etc.

It has to be said that true love can flow from the heart which has been renewed and refined by Christ through His word and Spirit. 1 John 4:8; Gal. 5:22

The Bible tells us that God inhabits the praise of His people, and with regards to songs, we praise and worship God through gospel music only. The tangible presence of God which we experience when we sing to Him gives us pleasure, joy and comfort. The difference between gospel music and even “ the educative secular music” is too wide to be compared.

The Bible says “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man for a man to hear song of fools” Eccl. 7:5. Speaking to your selves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians. 5:19

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    God would like us to worship Him in the natural way.Majorly the scientific invention do cause alot of disruption in worship i.e combination of gospel and secular songs e.g piano has all the secular bits and they are used in gospel.I think a time has now come for true christians to choose the gospel which we listen to?

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  17. Patrick says:

    The devil has somewhat succeded in creeping and installing himself in the contemporary Church.Otherwise how can one explain the madness in many assemblies where 90% of the meetings, especially on Sundays, is nothing but dancing to “gospel” music? The music being played in many Churches has very borrowing from secular(the world); and this craze is really having a toll on the church. Many a youth are thus lost in the world deceptively thinking that thay are saved. Our pastors are the greatest enemies to this since they have relegated the teaching of sound gospel truths to dancing and merry making in the church. All these in the name of worshipping God.
    May god really help us!

  18. Vitumbiko zimwanda says:

    God bless you

  19. hi bros & sis let us be careful in loving music .there are spirits in musics . choose that which has christ anointing spirit in it.GOD bless you.

  20. Rob says:

    Blessings in our Lord’s name – Jesus (Yeshua). I would love to share this post on our blog as well as it seems that many Christians are not getting clear teaching as to the vital connection of keeping Godly music in their lives. Listening and loving this world’s system is enmity with the Holy Spirit. Is it a wonder why many “believers” fail to maintain an overcoming life?

    I was personally delivered by our precious Lord Jesus from a possession of a fairly high ranking spirit that attempted to destroy me when I was practicing Enochian magic. The fact is that I was a previously born-agian, spirit filled believer that strayed from the path and was seduced by Kabbalah and strong will to understand Hebrew mysticism. I just wanted to experience a different and deeper perspective of God.

    When I cried out to our Lord for help, prior to going to bed, because the spirit was getting stronger and compelling me to do and act in ways that almost killed me! Anyways, in a dream that night Jesus appeared to me and I can remember the spirit, with such an angry disposition, stated that I had allowed or invite them in! Well, the Lord, so cool and calm, simply stated, “no, you decieved him!” Well, I woke up clear and loving the Lord more than ever!!

    Now, here’s were it gets very interesting. During the possession I still had control of many of my faculties and could funtion in my day-to-day life. I was, however, accutely aware of another mind and understanding of music. I could clearly hear the message that was being communicated and the understanding this high-level spirit had! The fact is that most top-pop or top anything secular music was accepted and promoted by the cohorts of the Prince of the world. These songs clearly promote his agenda and seducing humanity to ultimately worship him and filled with spiritual forces.

    Our blessed Jesus has called me into a mighty ministry to set the captives free. Shortly after my deliverance and thru fasting and prayer I head (once in my life) the audible voice of God “you are called!” It was as the scripture state “a sound of many waters”! Praise God, glory to Jesus, hallelujah to the Lamb! I didn’t understand the nature of that calling until years later and unfortunately frustrated the grace of God by several things, but the Lord has been merciful to me and like Sampson, my intentions are to follow His will non matter what the cost!

    There is an entire Harry Potter, Star Wars, Matrix and New Age community that is searching and is desires to see the real power of God! The fact is that most have been decieved by the father of lies and need a clear witness to the awesome and magestic character of Jesus! That means living right, talking right and being in constant communion with the Holy Spirit. I cannot believe that anyone who wishes to maintain a closer walk with the Master can love secular music, period!

    I hope to be “translating/interpreting” many of the current popular songs on my blog “” soon, but desire to not cast pearls before swine. Theres always the concern that I’d come accross as a crack pot and have expiereince my own family give strange looks when I attempt to explain how to understand the message behind the music! Never the less, I will do as my Lord commands as I am His servant

  21. jerome mark Duldulao says:

    exactly what i’m looking for to use in our youth activity.

  22. God bless you Sister Faith Esther, You are always welcome and remember, God has so much for you and the Church as whole. Therefore keep coming for there are even more ones just for you and your Church.

    Bless you so much.

  23. Faith Esther says:

    Thank u,uv helped me n the youth from our church. Thanx

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